Here's a look at Washington-Washington State, which will cap the second day of the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament ... with significant postseason implications for both sides.
NO. 6 WASHINGTON STATE (19-11 OVERALL, 9-9 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE) vs. NO. 3 WASHINGTON (20-10, 11-7)8:30 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center, Los Angeles.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM and 850-AM.Season series: WSU swept the two meetings, winning 87-80 in Pullman on Jan. 30 and 80-69 in Seattle on Feb. 27. For WSU, Klay Thompson averaged 25.5 points while D’Angelo Casto averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. For UW, Isaiah Thomas averaged 20 points and five assists. Statistical leaders: For WSU – Thompson, 21.4 ppg; Reggie Moore, 3.5 apg; Casto, 6.8 rpg. For UW – Thomas, 16.6 points and 5.6 assists; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 8.3 rpg.Scouting report: Washington is the defending tournament champion, and Thomas is the reigning most outstanding player. … No. 3 seeds are 10-3 all-time in the first round of this tournament, and last season the Huskies became the first three-seed to win it. … WSU is 1-1 as a No. 6 seed and 5-11 all-time in the tournament. … Washington has won five straight games in Los Angeles. … WSU is 3-1 in neutral site games. … UW point guard Venoy Overton is out due to disciplinary action, and forward Justin Holiday (concussion) is probable. WSU guard Trey Thompson returns after missing the previous game due to disciplinary suspension, and point guard Reggie Moore (ankle) is probable. … Each team features two players who won all-Pac-10 honors last week: Thomas and Bryan-Amaning for UW, Thompson and Casto (second team) for WSU. Washington’s C.J. Wilcox also was named to the all-freshman team, and Washington State’s Casto was named to the all-defensive team. Next: The loser goes home. The winner advances to a semifinal game, meeting either No. 2 UCLA or No. 7 Oregon at 8:30 p.m. Friday.Other games Thursday: Noon, No. 4 USC vs. No. 5 California; 2:30 No. 1 Arizona vs. No 9 Oregon State; 6 p.m. No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 Oregon.